July 21, 1989 |
German artist Ole Jurgen Fischer creates energetic abstract oil paintings crammed with patterns and shapes that hint at things we are familiar with. Formidable scale, low luminosity colors and helter-skelter imagery strewn across the canvases then obliterated with quick marks and broad swatches of paint heighten the dense, mysterious tone.
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January 20, 1987 |
Two oil paintings worth $12,800 were stolen last week from an art gallery specializing in contemporary art, police said Monday. The impressionist-style artworks by Marco M. Sassone apparently were stolen sometime Jan. 11 or 12 from the Diane Sassone Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, but were not reported missing until Monday, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Ray Lardie said.
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October 12, 1985 |
Los Angeles police have served a search warrant on a Granada Hills home and seized more than 50 paintings, drawings and lithographs that an artist claims belong to him. The artist, Helmut Preiss, 44, formerly of Vienna, who now lives in West Hollywood, told authorities that the works were being illegally held by a man who had contracted to sell them but never paid him any money.
March 21, 2013 |
Amid his pensive, engrossing paintings now at Roberts & Tilton, Noah Davis has planted something of a joke: a tight, U-shaped mini-exhibition space formed by temporary walls covered in scuffed gray fabric. Three small oil paintings hang within but are impossible to see well. "Stacked Cubicles/My Last Art Fair" offers an uncharacteristic moment of levity from Davis, a knowing poke at the crowded and often claustrophobic conditions of art fairs, a self-deprecating snicker at his allotted sliver of visibility.
September 30, 1990 |
In the summer of 1890, Vincent van Gogh fired a pistol into his chest, and died. The centenary has been marked by several new books about the life and art that preceded that sad act. "Vincent van Gogh: Paintings and Drawings" is a handsomely boxed pair of catalogues for two major exhibitions of paintings and drawings mounted earlier this year in Holland and selected from the Van Gogh collections at Amsterdam and Otterlo--the two largest in...
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December 26, 1990 |
More than 25 years ago, Roland Roy encountered one too many victims of violent crime. As a rookie cop on the Honolulu police force, Roy despised the violence and decided to switch to art after a picture he sketched of a murder suspect led to an arrest. Today, his paintings hang in galleries across the country and, this month, in a restaurant in Ventura to benefit victims of domestic abuse.
June 20, 1987 |
To hear Lee J. Wexler tell it, the art of watercolor painting has a slight image problem. Wexler, the president of the National Watercolor Society, believes the medium is often misunderstood or taken too lightly by the art community at large. Watercolors are invariably credited for their "evanescent, delicate beauty and demanding technique," but it can be a hollow compliment.
August 22, 1996 |
Group shows are usually studies in contrast, and sometimes, exercises in patience, with viewers straining to find connections. Thankfully, things mostly fall together in the exhibition now at the Lankershim Arts Center titled "Oil Paintings by Emerging Artists from the R. Amitai Studio."
May 13, 2012 |
NEW YORK - "A snake swallowing an elephant" is how the Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong described himself. The snake was the Chinese artist in him, and the elephant was Western art. The stylistic fusion that made him one of China'sleading modern artists is on view at the Asia Society Museum here in "Revolutionary Ink: The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong," which also reflects the artist's long life amid the turmoil of China's 20th century. Wu died in 2010 at 90, and these works from his last decades - depicting nature and architecture, some more naturalistic, others mostly abstract - show his easy cohabitation of two cultural hemispheres.